Friday, January 6, 2012
For my birthday my wonderful boyfriend Adam got me a hand crank pasta maker like the one I grew up with. For a thank you he got delicious salmon pasta and steamed bok choy. It was delicious!
I made the pasta with a mix of durum flour and white flour. It came out beautifully and Adam helped me crank the machine. Pasta is always a simple dinner, but when it is homemade it becomes extra special. I still have some fiddling to do with my pasta recipe. My mom's pasta is much more tender than mine.
The sauce I made was really good though. I baked the salmon with a little salt and pepper first so that it wouldn't get broken up and mushy in she sauce. I then cut some cherry tomatoes in half and blistered them in a pan. I added some minced garlic, olive oil, milk, and a little bit of flour as a thickener. I let it simmer, threw it some capers, salt, pepper, and a whole lot of fresh basil.
The food was simple and delicious. This is my favorite kind of dinner. We asked the man at the fish counter what the freshest fish they had was, we chose the vegetables that looked best, and made something wonderful.